Quotes on Poverty, Class and Slavery

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Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance. –John F. Kennedy

In war the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich make slaves of the poor. We must work to live, and they give us such mean wages that we die. We toil for them all day long, and they heap up gold in their coffers, and our children fade away before their time, and the faces of those we love become hard and evil. We tread out the grapes, and another drinks the wine. We sow the corn, and our own board is empty. We have chains, though no eyes behold them; and are slaves, though men call us free.
— Oscar Wilde

I confess that I am not charmed with the ideal of life held out by those who think that the normal state of human beings is that of struggling to get on; that the trampling, crushing, elbowing, and treading on each other’s heels, which form the existing type of social life, are the most desirable lot of human beings.
–John Stuart Mill

What is economics? A science invented by the upper class in order to acquire the fruits of the labor of the underclass
— August Strindberg

Hear me, people: We have now to deal with another race- small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.
— Chief Sitting Bull

In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.
— Confucius

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